The association between host susceptibility factors and uveal melanoma: a meta-analysis

Arch Ophthalmol. 2006 Jan;124(1):54-60. doi: 10.1001/archopht.124.1.54.


Objective: To conduct a meta-analysis, using observational studies, to examine the association between host susceptibility factors and uveal melanoma.

Methods: A review of 132 published reports on risk factors for uveal melanoma revealed 10 case-control studies that provided enough information to calculate odds ratios (ORs) and standard errors for host susceptibility factors. Data from these studies were extracted and categorized. Summary statistics were calculated for all risk factors reported by at least 4 independent studies.

Results: Summary statistics using meta-analysis are presented as ORs and their 95% confidence intervals (CIs). Statistically significant risk factors include light eye color (OR, 1.75 [95% CI, 1.31-2.34]), using 10 studies (1732 cases); fair skin color (OR, 1.80 [95% CI, 1.31-2.47]), using 5 studies (586 cases); and ability to tan (OR, 1.64 [95% CI, 1.29-2.09]), using 6 studies (1021 cases). Blond or red hair color, using 7 studies (1012 cases), was not a statistically significant independent risk factor (OR, 1.02 [95% CI, 0.82-1.26]).

Conclusion: This meta-analysis yielded strong evidence associating the host susceptibility factors of iris color, skin color, and ability to tan with uveal melanoma.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Case-Control Studies
  • Cohort Studies
  • Disease Susceptibility
  • Eye Color*
  • Hair Color*
  • Humans
  • Melanoma / epidemiology
  • Melanoma / etiology*
  • Odds Ratio
  • Risk Factors
  • Skin Pigmentation*
  • Uveal Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Uveal Neoplasms / etiology*